Visualization

Showing the stories in data through statistics, design, aesthetics, and code.

A graphical look at Burning Man

This graphic on Burning Man is totally lost on me, but maybe you guys will appreciate it more. I first heard about the event on Malcom in Middle several years…

How to win Rock-paper-scissors every time

I admit it. When I first heard there are actual tournaments for Rock-paper-scissors, sanctioned by the World Rock Paper Scissors Society, I laughed. I mean seriously, $50k to the winner…

Two-minute journey through the history of cinema

35mm, a short film by Sarah Biermann, Torsten Strer, Felix Meyer, and Pascal Monaco, strips 35 movies to their simplest form and cleverly strings them together in a set of…

Ugly chart used to confuse readers

Charles Blow on this unnecessarily complex chart used to show the network of Obamacare: Maybe it’s the former graphics/art director in me, but I get really offended when people use…

Brief history of data visualization

Shawn Allen of Stamen Design provides a brief history of data visualization, starting with William Playfair’s charts in the late 1700s and William Smith’s map sketch of Britain, up to…

Afghanistan war logs revealed and mapped

This past Sunday, well-known whistle-blower site Wikileaks released over 91,000 secret US military reports, covering the war in Afghanistan. Each report contains the time, geographic location, and details of an…

Where all the BP oil could end up

Now that the oil flow has finally stopped, for now, the attention has shifted to the effects all that oil will have on wildlife and the ecosystem. Chris Wilson for…

Military budget contextualized with CGI tanks

It’s no secret. The US military gets a lot of funding for manpower, weapons, equipment, security, so and so forth. Do you know how much money they’ll have received come…

Sorting algorithms visualized

This will be lost on many of you, but to the programmers this will make perfect sense. Basically, when programming, there are a lot of times when you have a…

Exploration of our aging world

From Ben Fry’s newly established Fathom Information Design, is a visualization for GE on our aging world: According to the United Nations, the elderly population of the world is growing…

Field guide to typographic moustaches

Sure, why not, let’s make it a hairy Friday. From Tor Weeks: a series of moustaches styled by their typographic counterpart, aka typestaches. The big and bold typefaces like Federal…

History of The Beatles as told by their hair

The Beatles were famously known for their mop-top haircuts in the early 1960s, but their styles evolved over time. DeviantArt user mozzarellapoppy has a look at the hair, moustache, and…

Global forest heights mapped in detail by NASA

NASA has mapped the world’s forest heights, based on satellite data, for a first-of-its-kind global view. While there are plenty of maps that show forest height regionally and locally, this…

Investigation of top secret America

In response to the the 9/11 attacks, the United States government created a highly secretive set of organizations with zero transparency and very little oversight. How much money do these…

Citizen’s guide to fancy pants coffee drinks

In the same spirit of the original coffee drink infographic from a few years ago, Plaid Creative describes the perfect pour, or as I like to call it, the citizen’s…

Maps that changed the world

Peter Barber, head of Map Collections at the British Library reports for the The Daily Mail ten of the greatest maps that changed the world. The number one listed (above)…

Path to happiness gets complicated and confusing

Just when you thought the path to lifelong happiness was uber simple and you had it all figured out, someone slaps you in the face and complicates things. The nerve.…

Gapminder makes its way to the desktop

You’ve seen the presentation. You’ve seen the motion graph tool. But up until now, the data exploration tool, Trendalyzer, has always been in the browser. Now you can download the…

How data travels from phone to computer

Time Warner Cable explains how a picture travels from Jeff’s phone to Vijay’s laptop. Obviously it is a bit simplified. I spent a full semester on step four alone back…

Flowchart to lifelong happiness

The secret to lifelong happiness. If only it were so easy. [Typcut via swissmiss]…

Flowchart shows the startup business cycle

Technology and investment group HackFwd describes what it’s like to work with them in a flowchart. In a nutshell: start with inspiration, work hard, impress people, work hard, and reap…

Augmented reality taken to the extreme

Augmented reality, a computer trick to place the virtual within the real world, has barely cracked its way into most of our lives, but it’s easy to see how such…

How Britain has changed since 1997

Prospect Magazine takes a look at how Britain has changed by the numbers from 1997 to present: Richer, fatter, living longer, more indebted, drunker, better connected, politically disillusioned: there‚Äôs no…

JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit 2.0 released

Visualization in JavaScript is all the rage these days. Just a couple of years ago, this would’ve seemed ridiculous because the engines were too slow, but no more of that.…

Top World Cup players on Facebook

I always know when something exciting happens in the World Cup when my Facebook stream is flooded with announcements of a goooooooaaaal. On any given day, certain players are more…

Geography of Lost island

GIS guy Jonah Adkins maps the geography of Lost (the tv series). It looks like I missed out on quite a bit. Unfortunately, I only got up to the point…

Challenge: What is a FIFA player’s worth?

I really want to like this graphic on the “worth” of FIFA players. The colors pop and the topic is potentially interesting. There are some graphics 101 pitfalls going on…

Mapping what your neighborhood used to look like

In part of their initiative to get young and old people to hang out, We Are What We Do, in collaboration with Google, built Historypin. The map application invites people…

Who participates online, by age

Arno Ghelfi for Businessweek reports on who’s doing what online, separated by age. The grid aesthetic totally works for the Internet theme, which can feel robotic and bit-wise at times.…

Modern history of human communication

With the announcement of Google Voice for everyone, the big G describes the history of human communication in the graphic above – and consequently, how Voice is the next step…